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In college, I had the opportunity to play rugby at a small private school in Santa Barbara. These were some of the best times in my life as I created lifelong friends, learned how to be a teammate and, the hardest part of all, lived in such a beautiful place. I also tried to convince my parents I could do the six-year plan, but that didn’t work out.

The captain during my freshman year, Maury Hayashida, was from South Africa, where rugby is extremely popular. Many of us were rookies to the sport, and Maury told us the game would require greater team effort than any sport we had ever played:

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